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Call me completely crazy but one thing that absolutely drives me crazy and makes me want to tear my hair out is when people doing podcasts and videos smack their lips incessantly. I admit, I have always been sensitive to sounds, but as someone who has spent multiple decades as a voice over actor, it is also a mark of un-professionalism.
Lip smacking is annoying and distracting. As you can probably guess, being stuck in an elevator with a gum chewer makes me go postal as well. But enough of my neurosis…
The reason people hire voice over actors is to get a nice clear sound that engages the listener and keeps them excited about what they are listening to. If someone does not have the ability to communicate well using their speaking voice, it might be a good idea to use another means of communication. Stick to writing. I wouldn’t say that my voice is perfect. My specialty is doing kids voices and my timber is rather high pitched. It’s energetic though.
The way to get around lip smacking is to drink water or chew on a green apple before doing your voice-over. Lip smacking is accentuated when your mic is turned up too high. If you are a chronic smacker, get a pop filter for your microphone.
It is better to take a break after a couple minutes than to let your mouth dry out and smack.
I was just listening to a video of someone giving WordPress tips. The information was incredibly interesting, but I almost had to turn it off because the smacking was constant Not only that, but there was a large amount of background noise as well. I could swear the video was recorded sitting out on the street. If you have to sit in a closet with a ton of clothes around you to soak up the noise, do that.
Have you ever heard someone who sounded like they were in an echo chamber? The problem is most likely too much mic gain.
A couple of other tips:
Lifeless and dry attitude. . . .ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz.
Looking like you just woke up. UCK
Bad Lighting – ghoulish
No makeup (on women) Washed out
Cheap looking clothing – not too successful (Okay, Zuckerberg is an exception)
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a professional and effective podcast or video.
Tools for audio:
- Good mic
- Water and apples
- Pop filter
- Audio Editor – Audacity is free
Tools for video
- Decent camera – A Flip Cam works well and is very inexpensive
- Light Box with some diffusion (you can even build one)
- (Good Sound – see above)
- Makeup and wardrobe – Look successful
- Good angle (don’t shoot up your nose – gross)
If you want a professional vocal performance, hire a voice over actor. They are looking for work these days. I know a bunch.
What are your pet peeves when it comes to listening to audios and videos? Let us know. It may help make another marketer be more successful. Please tweet, share this post and LIKE our Facebook page.